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A short discussion of current events by a high school International Studies and Psychology teacher

Latest Episodes

Ep. 25 - Mount Brushfiremore

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses the alarming surge of COVID in the US [:35], a potential new pandemic [4:33], GOOD NEWS - detained migrant children's release [5:28], Mississippi changes its flag [6:15], Columbus Day becoming Juneteenth [6:45], Washington DC statehood? [8:04], Federal Police Reform Bill [9:40], some court rulings on the border wall and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [11:00], Hong Kong [12:27], Washington Redskins [13:25], A Story that has Nothing to Do with Anything [16:53], What I'm Watching [17:57], Corruption & Controversy dealing with Trump retweeting a White Power video, a murder of a protestor, Trump's Patriotic COVID-fest at Mount Rushmore and Russia's Bounty on US troops in Afghanistan and the President's lack of response [18:40] --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

29 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 25 - Mount Brushfiremore

Ep. 24 - a clean Slate

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses the alarming COVID surge [1:10], Unemployment [7:31], Oaxaca earthquake [8:40], A change to a Disney World ride [9:12], A fun Story that has Nothing to do with Anything [11:11], Michael Flynn's case gets dropped [11:57], Tulsa [14:48], a new immigrant ban [16:08], closing of COVID testing sites [16:30], court action to repeal the Affordable Care Act [17:38], the strange "firing" of the SDNY US Attorney [18:00], and finally a variety of BLM topics - low rates of COVID infections at protests, FL police using mugshots of black men for sniper practice, Rhode Island's name change, Jenny Slate (and Kirsten Bell) stepping down from their roles of voicing black cartoon characters and Wilmington police firings [20:59] --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

36 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 24 - a clean Slate

Ep. 23 - Defund and the Restless

After a long break, Mr. Burak is back with a ton of different stories. He discusses the stats on COVID, governmental incompetence and why you should still be cautious [1:30], good news on a drug treatment [7:30], mail in ballots & the USPS [8:30], the RNC moves to Jacksonville [9:30], SCOTUS decisions: firing of gay or transgender employees (10:40) & DACA (12:30), Federal executions (14:35), China vs. India (15:00), Good news - SpaceX, Autism on Sesame Street, KPop & BTS Stans, Companies take basic steps to be less racist, good protest outtcomes etc. (16:00), Corruption & Controversy (21:35) including police force actions, several Trump actions, another SCOTUS decision, black people are still getting killed by police, the "right way to protest", city responses to protests Juneteenth, another alleged impeachable offense, and finally Psych Corner on perception and what it means to defund the police (37:45) --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

46 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 23 - Defund and the Restless

Ep. 22 - Black Lives Matter

In this episode, Mr. Burak focuses exclusively on the protests - what they are about, how they're being conducted, what the governmental response has been, the problem with "non-lethal" responses, Trump labelling Antifa as a terror organization & desire to use the military to stop the protests and why qualified immunity empowers police officers to act in such violent ways without fear of punishment. Black Lives Matter Links for resources: If you’re looking for reliable information/background about what these protests are and where they came from check out these resources compiled by a University of Washington professor Margaret O’Mara. https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1iDaVNNGRWYkhjB2CJwrA4j8f8dfimh0vEd93D__mnPo/mobilebasic BuzzFeed News Tracker for Hoaxes, False Information etc: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/janelytvynenko/hoax-misleading-claims-george-floyd-protests?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bfsharefacebook&ref=mobile_share&fbclid=IwAR1p0Sazor9Iwa270sp1bDJIy-CmU-_eEoF-Vge8lxqyofonTf1pE6Sn8MM What is Antifa: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/us/what-antifa-trump.html SPLC on why labeling Antifa a terror org. is bad for Civil Rights: ⁃ https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/06/01/designating-antifa-domestic-terrorist-organization-dangerous-threatens-civil-liberties How to be an ally: https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies and https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234 Protesting Safely: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akzg94/how-to-protest-safely-during-the-covid-19-pandemic --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

35 MINJUN 3
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Ep. 22 - Black Lives Matter

Ep. 21 - Twitter Sweet Symphony

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses the latest COVID stats and number fudging [1:15], Trump's Ford plant controversy [4:55], the dams that burst and flooded mid-Michigan [6:35], PA state legislators willful exposure of their colleagues to the virus [7:44], a controversial TX SC ruling [8:48], Trump's fight with Twitter over tags on his tweets [9:50], China's newest crackdown on Hong Kong [14:40] and the death of George Floyd [16:40]. To donate or help with relief efforts for the people of mid-Michigan affected by the dams flooding, please visit this website and https://www.211nemichigan.org/covid-19.html --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

23 MINMAY 29
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Ep. 21 - Twitter Sweet Symphony

Ep. 20 - Public Display of Inception

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses COVID stats (1:43), SCOTUS hearing (2:35), Moderna's vaccine hope (2:53), death threats to Gov. Whitmer (3:55), Trump's personal coronavirus preventative measures (4:35), a plethora of corruption stories (5:43), his guest hosting gig of Inception on #histflix coming up on May 20th (11:10), and the Fundamental Attribution Error on Psych Corner (11:56). Please rate and review So What? on Apple Podcasts to enter to win 3 free masks from www.thejunebride.com and use promo code: SOWHAT to get 10% off all mask purchases in the month of May --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

24 MINMAY 19
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Ep. 20 - Public Display of Inception

Ep. 19 - Full Mental Jacket w/ Sue Fitzsimonds

In this episode, Mr. Burak talks to counselor Sue Fitzsimonds about mental health and coping in the time of COVID (11:05). He also addresses the latest numbers and impacts on states in particular due to the coronavirus (1:11) as well as another horrendous entry on list of black citizens being killed by police with the case of Breonna Taylor (9:33). Macomb Country Crisis Center - https://www.mccmh.net/OurServices/CrisisCenterServices.aspx Crisis Text Line - https://www.crisistextline.org/text-us/ Support for Teens by Teens - https://support.therapytribe.com Rate and review So What? on Apple Podcasts and tweet me screenshots @Mr_BBurak or @swhatpod to enter for a drawing to win masks made by Karen Chockley TheJuneBride.com If you want to buy masks from Karen use the coupon code “SOWHAT” for 10% off mask purchases through the month of May. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

30 MINMAY 15
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Ep. 19 - Full Mental Jacket w/ Sue Fitzsimonds

Ep. 18 - Hoisted by her Noem Petard

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses COVID stats (1:48), unemployment at Great Depression levels (2:58); White House aides test positive for coronavirus (4:40), Trump's Death Star (5:10), massive school funding cuts possible (6:30), South Dakota Governor Noem's fight with Lakota Nation (10:05), Ireland returns a 170 year old favor (13:25), what he's watching right now (14:40), and funny Psych Corner (15:25). --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

24 MINMAY 12
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Ep. 18 - Hoisted by her Noem Petard

Ep. 17 - The Gig Chill w/ Courtney Kent, photographer & artist

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses the status of the Coronavirus (2:28), the virus' mutation (5:05), a Kim Jong Un update (5:35), Trump's visit to Honeywell (6:00), an Independent Musicians Union (7:15), and Black Lives Matter (8:40), before being joined by Courtney Kent, a wedding photographer and artist, who discusses what the impact of the virus has had on gig work. Also, we have a promotional giveaway! Rate and review So What? on Apple Podcasts, then tweet a screenshot of your review to @swhatpod or @Mr_BBurak to be entered to win a 3-pack of masks courtesy of thejunebride.com Please visit Courtney at https://courtneykentphotography.com and on Instagram/Facebook @courtkentphotoor http://thecompasspointshere.com and on Instagram/Facebook at@thecompasspointshere Please buy your high quality, reusable, face masks from Karen at thejunebride.com - use coupon code SOWHAT to save 10% in May --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor....

29 MINMAY 8
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Ep. 17 - The Gig Chill w/ Courtney Kent, photographer & artist

Ep. 16 - Astroturf and Derf

In this episode Mr. Burak remembers the Kent State Massacre 50 years later (1:00), gives an update on Remdesivir (2:05), discusses challenges with COVID-19 death counts (4:07), a Supreme Court milestone case (6:36), Trump's town hall (9:32), dire projections for infection and death rates (11:22), murder hornets (14:28), and breaks down the practice of Astroturfing in Psych Corner (16:54). --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

23 MINMAY 5
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Ep. 16 - Astroturf and Derf

Latest Episodes

Ep. 25 - Mount Brushfiremore

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses the alarming surge of COVID in the US [:35], a potential new pandemic [4:33], GOOD NEWS - detained migrant children's release [5:28], Mississippi changes its flag [6:15], Columbus Day becoming Juneteenth [6:45], Washington DC statehood? [8:04], Federal Police Reform Bill [9:40], some court rulings on the border wall and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [11:00], Hong Kong [12:27], Washington Redskins [13:25], A Story that has Nothing to Do with Anything [16:53], What I'm Watching [17:57], Corruption & Controversy dealing with Trump retweeting a White Power video, a murder of a protestor, Trump's Patriotic COVID-fest at Mount Rushmore and Russia's Bounty on US troops in Afghanistan and the President's lack of response [18:40] --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

29 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 25 - Mount Brushfiremore

Ep. 24 - a clean Slate

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses the alarming COVID surge [1:10], Unemployment [7:31], Oaxaca earthquake [8:40], A change to a Disney World ride [9:12], A fun Story that has Nothing to do with Anything [11:11], Michael Flynn's case gets dropped [11:57], Tulsa [14:48], a new immigrant ban [16:08], closing of COVID testing sites [16:30], court action to repeal the Affordable Care Act [17:38], the strange "firing" of the SDNY US Attorney [18:00], and finally a variety of BLM topics - low rates of COVID infections at protests, FL police using mugshots of black men for sniper practice, Rhode Island's name change, Jenny Slate (and Kirsten Bell) stepping down from their roles of voicing black cartoon characters and Wilmington police firings [20:59] --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

36 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Ep. 24 - a clean Slate

Ep. 23 - Defund and the Restless

After a long break, Mr. Burak is back with a ton of different stories. He discusses the stats on COVID, governmental incompetence and why you should still be cautious [1:30], good news on a drug treatment [7:30], mail in ballots & the USPS [8:30], the RNC moves to Jacksonville [9:30], SCOTUS decisions: firing of gay or transgender employees (10:40) & DACA (12:30), Federal executions (14:35), China vs. India (15:00), Good news - SpaceX, Autism on Sesame Street, KPop & BTS Stans, Companies take basic steps to be less racist, good protest outtcomes etc. (16:00), Corruption & Controversy (21:35) including police force actions, several Trump actions, another SCOTUS decision, black people are still getting killed by police, the "right way to protest", city responses to protests Juneteenth, another alleged impeachable offense, and finally Psych Corner on perception and what it means to defund the police (37:45) --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

46 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 23 - Defund and the Restless

Ep. 22 - Black Lives Matter

In this episode, Mr. Burak focuses exclusively on the protests - what they are about, how they're being conducted, what the governmental response has been, the problem with "non-lethal" responses, Trump labelling Antifa as a terror organization & desire to use the military to stop the protests and why qualified immunity empowers police officers to act in such violent ways without fear of punishment. Black Lives Matter Links for resources: If you’re looking for reliable information/background about what these protests are and where they came from check out these resources compiled by a University of Washington professor Margaret O’Mara. https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1iDaVNNGRWYkhjB2CJwrA4j8f8dfimh0vEd93D__mnPo/mobilebasic BuzzFeed News Tracker for Hoaxes, False Information etc: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/janelytvynenko/hoax-misleading-claims-george-floyd-protests?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bfsharefacebook&ref=mobile_share&fbclid=IwAR1p0Sazor9Iwa270sp1bDJIy-CmU-_eEoF-Vge8lxqyofonTf1pE6Sn8MM What is Antifa: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/us/what-antifa-trump.html SPLC on why labeling Antifa a terror org. is bad for Civil Rights: ⁃ https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/06/01/designating-antifa-domestic-terrorist-organization-dangerous-threatens-civil-liberties How to be an ally: https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies and https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234 Protesting Safely: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akzg94/how-to-protest-safely-during-the-covid-19-pandemic --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

35 MINJUN 3
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Ep. 22 - Black Lives Matter

Ep. 21 - Twitter Sweet Symphony

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses the latest COVID stats and number fudging [1:15], Trump's Ford plant controversy [4:55], the dams that burst and flooded mid-Michigan [6:35], PA state legislators willful exposure of their colleagues to the virus [7:44], a controversial TX SC ruling [8:48], Trump's fight with Twitter over tags on his tweets [9:50], China's newest crackdown on Hong Kong [14:40] and the death of George Floyd [16:40]. To donate or help with relief efforts for the people of mid-Michigan affected by the dams flooding, please visit this website and https://www.211nemichigan.org/covid-19.html --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

23 MINMAY 29
Comments
Ep. 21 - Twitter Sweet Symphony

Ep. 20 - Public Display of Inception

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses COVID stats (1:43), SCOTUS hearing (2:35), Moderna's vaccine hope (2:53), death threats to Gov. Whitmer (3:55), Trump's personal coronavirus preventative measures (4:35), a plethora of corruption stories (5:43), his guest hosting gig of Inception on #histflix coming up on May 20th (11:10), and the Fundamental Attribution Error on Psych Corner (11:56). Please rate and review So What? on Apple Podcasts to enter to win 3 free masks from www.thejunebride.com and use promo code: SOWHAT to get 10% off all mask purchases in the month of May --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

24 MINMAY 19
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Ep. 20 - Public Display of Inception

Ep. 19 - Full Mental Jacket w/ Sue Fitzsimonds

In this episode, Mr. Burak talks to counselor Sue Fitzsimonds about mental health and coping in the time of COVID (11:05). He also addresses the latest numbers and impacts on states in particular due to the coronavirus (1:11) as well as another horrendous entry on list of black citizens being killed by police with the case of Breonna Taylor (9:33). Macomb Country Crisis Center - https://www.mccmh.net/OurServices/CrisisCenterServices.aspx Crisis Text Line - https://www.crisistextline.org/text-us/ Support for Teens by Teens - https://support.therapytribe.com Rate and review So What? on Apple Podcasts and tweet me screenshots @Mr_BBurak or @swhatpod to enter for a drawing to win masks made by Karen Chockley TheJuneBride.com If you want to buy masks from Karen use the coupon code “SOWHAT” for 10% off mask purchases through the month of May. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

30 MINMAY 15
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Ep. 19 - Full Mental Jacket w/ Sue Fitzsimonds

Ep. 18 - Hoisted by her Noem Petard

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses COVID stats (1:48), unemployment at Great Depression levels (2:58); White House aides test positive for coronavirus (4:40), Trump's Death Star (5:10), massive school funding cuts possible (6:30), South Dakota Governor Noem's fight with Lakota Nation (10:05), Ireland returns a 170 year old favor (13:25), what he's watching right now (14:40), and funny Psych Corner (15:25). --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

24 MINMAY 12
Comments
Ep. 18 - Hoisted by her Noem Petard

Ep. 17 - The Gig Chill w/ Courtney Kent, photographer & artist

In this episode, Mr. Burak discusses the status of the Coronavirus (2:28), the virus' mutation (5:05), a Kim Jong Un update (5:35), Trump's visit to Honeywell (6:00), an Independent Musicians Union (7:15), and Black Lives Matter (8:40), before being joined by Courtney Kent, a wedding photographer and artist, who discusses what the impact of the virus has had on gig work. Also, we have a promotional giveaway! Rate and review So What? on Apple Podcasts, then tweet a screenshot of your review to @swhatpod or @Mr_BBurak to be entered to win a 3-pack of masks courtesy of thejunebride.com Please visit Courtney at https://courtneykentphotography.com and on Instagram/Facebook @courtkentphotoor http://thecompasspointshere.com and on Instagram/Facebook at@thecompasspointshere Please buy your high quality, reusable, face masks from Karen at thejunebride.com - use coupon code SOWHAT to save 10% in May --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor....

29 MINMAY 8
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Ep. 17 - The Gig Chill w/ Courtney Kent, photographer & artist

Ep. 16 - Astroturf and Derf

In this episode Mr. Burak remembers the Kent State Massacre 50 years later (1:00), gives an update on Remdesivir (2:05), discusses challenges with COVID-19 death counts (4:07), a Supreme Court milestone case (6:36), Trump's town hall (9:32), dire projections for infection and death rates (11:22), murder hornets (14:28), and breaks down the practice of Astroturfing in Psych Corner (16:54). --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

23 MINMAY 5
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Ep. 16 - Astroturf and Derf
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